Are Women Giving Up Individualism For Conformity?
As I move between classes, a very noticeable event hit my cerebellum, and it’s not carried over this thought to my fingertips as I type my thoughts to the digital paper. Why are women striving for conformity in regards to fashion. It was the most noticeable thing today as I walked to my classes. It seems half of the women walking outside on campus were all looking the same, as if it was some sort of planned event.
Are more and more women removing themselves from the search of individuality, and instead opting to strive to conform? I believe this to be true, especially in regards to fashion. There are far too many girls walking around outside right now with those “black tights” style pants (you know what I’m talking about), and brown boots that have furry stuff around the top, similar to what I would expect of a female eskimo (stereotyping). I believe they are called “Uggs” or something similar to that. These women are now all looking the same, attempting to be completely indistinguishable from those that walk ahead of them. It’s gotten to the point where, in regards to external appearances, they are visually identical, and thus, do not stand out in any way as individuals with their own thoughts.
Why would they do that? Is there something on MTV telling them it’s cool? Granted, it does bring out definition in their legs (which could be a positive or negative thing, depending on your intentions with your choice of clothing), as well as all other areas that these tight pants touch (like your butt). But are these fashion choices having the impact that these women desire? There must be a reason to dress a certain way (unless you are like me, in which case you don’t care about fashion, and wear what is comfortable and reasonable to you). This is especially if you are following a pattern or a trend that others are also following. What makes you want to conform?
I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but after a certain level, it becomes a negative, I think. I like individuals, and I like people who express themselves as individuals, aside from extreme instances (which is an opinion, I know what I feel as extreme will not be the same as you). The real question on my mind, is why women are all dressing the same? Why is it when one celebrity or designer comes out with something, everyone has to adopt it? Is it because you really find it cute, or is it because you believe it’ll gain you more acceptance in the society you are a part of? After seeing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other people adopting it, are you realizing your lack of individuality?
I would mention that men do this, but I haven’t seen it much. For the most part, men seem to be simple (there are exceptions of course), and haven’t predominantly made a “fashion statement” of sorts. We don’t really stand out from on another either, but I’m not seeing anything as profoundly obvious as tights and Uggs.
Does anybody else have an opinion of this? I don’t believe I am doing it, but has anybody noticed men doing similar things?